Irish Aid Programme phases out

The program coordinator talking to the students at the beginning of the term during a school visit

FAWEU and Irish Aid have been in partnership since 2005 implementing a secondary education programme for vulnerable girls 65% and boys 35%. The scholarship provided not only school fees, transport, basic and personal needs but mentoring and career guidance to the beneficiaries as well.  There is also a component of vocational training to selected students that are unable to continue with secondary education for one reason or the other done on a case by case basis. Majority of the beneficiaries studied from within Karamoja in selected secondary schools namely; Kotido Senior Secondary School in Kotido district, Jubilee 2000 Senior Secondary School in Kaabong district, Abim Secondary School and Morulem Girls’ School both in Abim district, Moroto High School in Moroto district, Kangole Girls’ School in Napak district, Namalu Seed Secondary School in Nakapiripirit district and Pokot Secondary School in Amudat district. A few best performing students are allowed to study outside of the region and were placed in Iganga girl’s secondary school and Kira College Butiki. Another beneficiary with special needs studied from Madera School for the deaf. By the close of the year, there were 444 girls and 287 boys studying in Karamoja, 10 boys and 6 girls studying out of Karamoja and 25 students pursuing vocational training. Each of the project schools had 5 teachers that were trained as mentors and responsible for mentoring the beneficiaries. This is in addition to the group mentoring done when teams from FAWEU visit during the monitoring exercise as well as when identified role models visit the schools. Every end of term a joint meeting of FAWEU and the District Task Force members is held to discuss about the programme implementation as well as jointly chat out a workable way forward and solutions to any raised issues.

It should also be noted that FAWEU had a coordination office in Karamoja region specifically Kotido District facilitated by Irish Aid to enable efficient implementation of the program.

Number of beneficiaries per school and by gender by close of 2016

School

District

Female

Male

Total

Jubilee 2000 SS

Kaabong

55

50

105

Kotido SS

Kotido

106

69

175

Abim SS

Abim

23

45

68

Morulem SS

Abim

87

00

87

Pokot SS

Amudat

07

05

12

Namalu SS

Nakapiripirit

03

02

05

Kangole SS

Napak

103

00

103

Moroto High School

Moroto

60

116

176

Sub total

 

444

287

731

Kiira college

Jinja

00

10

10

Iganga SS

Iganga

05

00

05

St. Francis school of the blind Madera

Soroti

01

00

01

Grand total

 

450

297

747

As a motivational approach, students who excel Uganda Certificate Examinations (UCE) are granted the opportunity to study outside of the Karamoja sub-region. This year 8 students 5 boys and 3 girls benefitted from this affirmative arrangement. The boys were admitted at Kiira College Butiki while the girls were admitted to Iganga Girls’ Secondary School. The students received the scholastic materials and basic personal requirements that the beneficiaries in Karamoja receive throughout the year.

 Table 3:  Students selected to study outside Karamoja region in 2016

Name

Former School

Sex

Agg

Div

 

School outside Karamoja

Lokuth Allan

Moroto High School

M

16

1

Kiira college Butiki

Lodim Robert Lomer

Moroto High School

M

19

1

Kiira College Butiki

Pulkol Daniel

Moroto High School

M

20

1

Kiira College Butiki

Apuda Joseph

Moroto High School

M

20

1

Kiira College Butiki

Ilukol Daniel

Moroto High School

M

22

1

Kiira College Butiki

Ichumar Lucy

Kangole Girl s Secondary School

F

31

1

Iganga Secondary School

Ayaa Theodestina

Jubilee 2000 Secondary School

F

31

1

Iganga Seconday School

Nachap Elizabeth

Kangole Girls Secondary School

F

32

1

Iganga Girls Secondary School

From the programme evaluations as well as the interactions with the students and the community, the need to support students for vocational training has been enormous. This need has been as a result of various reasons among which is the students who come from child – headed homes and would like to look after their siblings after completion of O’level, those whose academic performance does not favour them to continue with high school and the need to acquire skills where they can quickly get employment and be able to fend for their families. As such, the programme opened up to provide support to students who opt for vocational education again on a case by case basis. There are 21 students (5 males and 16 females). These beneficiaries are enrolled in institutions within and outside the karamoja sub region including; the Primary Teachers’ Colleges (PTCs) in Moroto and Kotido, Matany School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ngora and Kalongo school of nursing. 

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